Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Blank Mtn Internal Wilderness    (No Comments »)

Monday, February 4th, 2013

In a brief moment of tragic, distinctive clarity within a muddled mind, the Blank Mtn series was created the day after September 15, 2012, in which Victoria, her scientist father, and her physical therapist sister Jenny hiked up and down Mount Baden-Powell in the San Gabriel Range, southern California. The unintended, subliminal goals of Blank Mtn were to explore the notion of “internal wilderness”–in which the physical outdoors can also be represented as a complex, internal cognitive experience–as well as show the blessed curses of being excessively creative, with one being sabotaged by the onslaught of her own thoughts. Apparently, there is a severe opportunity cost in desiring to be and remain open-minded.

Victoria’s brain can be a blocked-depressed or hyperactive embarrassment (so a shrink would be too quick to label bipolar), and out of convenience, she promptly decided to express her outpour of ideas through stream-of-conscious, cartoon-like doodling rather than regular right-left-top-down-the-page “writing.” Though, in great
retrospective shame, she wished her mental energies were channeled better, and in a more organized fashion.

Pushing the limit    (No Comments »)

Friday, February 11th, 2011

By Tom

Consistently breaching natural limits is something of a hobby for most nature-oriented individuals.  With each excursion ‘into’ nature and back, I never fail to be impressed with my own willingness to push the envelope and my effort always yields the same result: a humbling.  Whether it’s the same trail faster, or a few more miles on a two-day camp trip, there is that moment of thought that enters the mind: what am I trying to do out here, exactly?  And just following that is the deepest appreciation for nature and the wonders currently decreasing in this world one can feel. Those instances of clarity in our sometimes over-controlled lives are absolutely priceless, and worth whatever risk necessary to obtain. The search for those moments drives me back consistently into the wilderness and to new heights of exploration: both inside myself and into the wide world of nature.

Tiny owl    (No Comments »)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

By Liz

I moved to Seattle in the summer of 1979.  My roommate took me hiking in the Cascades with her and a friend, who was an avid birder.  As we were hiking along, he suddenly grabbed our arms to stop us, signaled to be quiet, and pointed to a branch extending across the trail perhaps 8’ over our heads.  Perched there, staring at us, not moving, was a tiny owl.  Although I don’t remember what kind of owl it was, I will always remember that seeing that tiny owl took my breath away.  I recall that experience every time I hike, and it always makes me think that this wildlife is out there, whether we come out or not, whether we see it or not, and I find that invigorating and humbling at the same time.

Hiking in Colorado    (No Comments »)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

One of the times I have felt the most connected to nature was when I went hiking in Rocky Mountian national Park. My brother and I backpacked through a spectacular senic trail that curved around waterfalls on its acent up the mountain. During this trip one of the things that jumped out at me most was how tranquil nature is. When you are in a city your senses are constantly being bombarded by a plethora of harsh sounds. In the wild you can actually hear the birds and wildlife which you are seldom able to do in a bustling city. I was astounded how optimistic I felt after hiking through the national park and seeing the grand views that the Rocky Mountais offer. This experience has made a deep impression on me and I hope to repeat it again in the future.

The Grand Canyon    (No Comments »)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

by Shane age 13

A couple years ago my family and I hiked the Grand Canyon. We saw lots of incredible views and many animals.  The best was the California condors.  They have been relocated in the canyon and thier population is starting to increase, which I thought was cool. We learned about the environment, how the Native Americans lived, visiting various ruins.  We also learned about how we as tourists leave our “foot print” on nature. Sometimes it is not a good thing.

When Technology Fails, Nature Prevails    (No Comments »)

Monday, June 7th, 2010

by Sarah

Last summer I planned a picnic with my best friend and her family for her birthday. We set off to meet them at Mt. Rainier National Park but – all of us being so accustomed to their convenience – we forgot that our cell phones would not necessarily work there. As a result, my husband, our daughter, and I ate the side salads, chips, and drinks at one rest area while my best friend, her husband and their two boys ate the sandwiches and dessert at another. (more…)

The View    (No Comments »)

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

by Sarah

While I was home from college at the University of Washington one weekend, my mom suggested that we go for a hike on Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham, Washington. I had never really hiked before but she said she always used to when she was my age and she loved it. So we drove up to the parking lot and grabbed our backpacks and started our journey to the Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain. At first the hike was simple and relaxing, the smell of trees and flowers all around. The hike started to get steeper and harder… We kept at it and I had no clue where we were  going.

I felt like it was taking forever, so we stopped for a quick stretch and a snack. We just wantedto get to the top so we started up again and followed the trails and finally made it! I had no idea what to expect, but I was amazed. The view was amazing. We could see the San Juan Islands like I had never seen them before! I grew up in Whatcom County and I never knew what I was missing out on! It was so clear and I could see for miles. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the great view. At first I was skeptical to take such a long hike, but I listened to my mom and it turned out to be an amazinglyrewarding experience in nature.